Topic Modeling Identification Practice

Instructions:

Examine the following groups of words. Identify what each group has in common, and summarize that theme/topic in 1-2 words.

  1. New York Times (from http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/nyt.jpg)

  1. Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800) (from http://www.common-place.org/vol-06/no-02/tales/)
    1. away reward servant named feet jacket high paid hair coat run inches master
    2. state government constitution law united power citizen people public congress
    3. good house acre sold land meadow mile premise plantation stone mill dwelling
    4. silk cotton ditto white black linen cloth women blue worsted men fine thread
    5. general officer enemy army troop men regiment major colonel soldier
    6. church life god society great friend christian good virtue religion minister rev
    7. book published vol new price school history printing sold paper english work
    8. court person justice committed goal trial jury taken murder prisoner guilty
  2. Martha Ballard’s Diary (from http://www.cameronblevins.org/posts/topic-modeling-martha-ballards-diary/)
    1. birth deld safe morn receivd calld left cleverly pm labour fine reward arivd infant expected recd shee born patient
    2. meeting attended afternoon reverend worship foren mr famely performd vers attend public supper st service lecture discoarst administred supt
    3. day yesterday informd morn years death ye hear expired expird weak dead las past heard days drowned departed evinn
    4. gardin sett worked clear beens corn warm planted matters cucumbers gatherd potatoes plants ou sowd door squash wed seeds
    5. lb made brot bot tea butter sugar carried oz chees pork candles wheat store pr beef spirit churnd flower
    6. unwell mr sick gave dr rainy easier care head neighbor feet relief made throat poorly takeing medisin ts stomach
  3. Richmond Daily Dispatch (1860-1865) (from http://dsl.richmond.edu/dispatch/Topics)
    1. TREET GOOD APPLY CORNER MAIN STREETS HOUSE JA CARY FRANKLIN BROAD STS ST HIRE COOK ROOM TS SERVANT FE WOMAN DE SERVANTS STORE YEAR
    2. NEGRO YEARS REWARD BOY MAN NAMED JAIL DELIVERY GIVE LEFT BLACK PAID PAY RAN COLOR RICHMOND SUBSCRIBER HIGH APPREHENSION AGE RANAWAY FREE FEET DELIVERED
    3. STATES GOVERNMENT PEOPLE UNION STATE SOUTH WAR UNITED CONSTITUTION PEACE POWER SOUTHERN FEDERAL NORTH RIGHTS COUNTRY CONGRESS SLAVERY PRESIDENT POLICY QUESTION CONFEDERACY ACTION FREE
    4. SERVICE MEN COMPANY ARMS STATE COMPANIES VIRGINIA WAR MARYLAND VOLUNTEERS ARTILLERY MILITIA VOLUNTEER CALL JOIN FURNISHED FIELD OFFICE CORPS RECRUITING RAISE CAVALRY RECRUITS ORDNANCE
    5. ENEMY WOUNDED KILLED GEN LEFT BATTLE MEN FIGHT LOSS LINE BACK ARTILLERY POSITION FORCE CAVALRY MILES FRONT ROAD BRIGADE TROOPS DAY SIDE MORNING NIGHT
    6. HUNDRED COTTON YEAR DOLLARS MONEY THOUSAND COUNTRY AMOUNT LARGE SUPPLY MILLIONS MADE GOVERNMENT TWENTY TRADE TEN PRICE NUMBER LABOR HALF PAPER BUSINESS FIFTY STATE
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